63,000 candidates may  not be admitted for the 2015/2016 academic session

More than 63,000 students are unlikely to get admission into the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) even if they sit for its Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

More than 63,000 students are unlikely to be admitted by the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) even if they sit for its Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

In a recent press release, the university’s Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Kunle Akogun, had said there were 65,000 candidates registered for the 2015 Post-UTME, all hoping to secure admissions for the 2015/2016 academic session.

However, going by previous exercises and the carrying capacity of UNILORIN, only a small fraction of them will be admitted, even though they all selected the university as their first choice and scored at least 180, the cut-off mark set by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) for admission into university.

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For the 2014/2015 academic session, 41, 470 of the applicants who chose UNILORIN in the UTME scored 180 marks.

Just over half of them, 22, 601, passed the Post-UTME examinations.

In the end, the university only offered admission to 12,650 of them, including 80 international students.

At the time, the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, said the university's ratings as one of the best in the continent and Nigeria is the reason for the high number of applicants.

This year's figure shows an increase of about 20,000 applicants, meaning even more heartbreaks.

Going by this, one can rightly state that the Post-UTME is not the only obstacle in the path of applicants.

After passing, they will still have to hope that available slots reach them.

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